Historic street and known as the earliest settlement in Los Angeles. Now a hub for Mexican culture.
Free tours provided on Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.
We didn't arrive by train - like many of the other reviewers - but rather parked in the Old Post Office parking lot across the street for a $6 flat rate - not bad! It was our first ever trip to Olvera Street and we enjoyed the quaint and small area. The kids really liked looking at all the things for sale even though I cringed at the plastic toys from China and the merchandise that did not look authentic. The leather goods smelled wonderful and were plenty of great things on display.
It didn't take us long to walk down the street filled with little shops and restaurants and it was not crowded at all on a weekday at noon. We ate our lunch on a picnic bench and then toured the Avila Adobe that was free for guests. We ate a stuffed churro at Mr. Churro and then explored the Sepulveda Museum and saw the mural of art called "America Tropical."
I want to return again to this little gem of a cultural area with my kids to try some authentic Mexican food and soak in the leather smell again.
Of course we too arrived by train. There are other fun stops on the gold line too. So we defiantly like taking the train to union station. This is in itself a travel destination. Once you walk out of the station you are practically in the hustle and bustle of one of the oldest remaining street in California. Yes, there are lots of chachki things that your kids will want to buy, but there is so much more. You might want to plan your visit around a particular event. That way you will get to see some dancing, fiestas or other culturally rich events.
We have eaten at one of the sit restaurants…which was very expensive…but the kids enjoyed looking into the kitchen where they could see the tortillas being made from scratch.
Took the metro from the South Bay area and it was quite a fun adventure as we're used to going places in the car! =) My toddler guy loved it...pushing the elevator buttons, riding alongside the freeway, exploring the grand Union Station. Downside of this was there was a 25 minute delay on the blue line when we were going home...not fun, especially for our 9-month old girl, to be in a jam-packed metro car.
Once we got to Olvera Street, we saw traditional dance and music performances. Olvera Street is pretty touristy, but it's fun to look at the inexpensive vendor goods. We picked up some Mexican candy.
We ate at one of the sit-down restaurants called La Golondrina Cafe. The food was decent, but not outstanding. We did like the hand-made tortillas and horchata though. There are less expensive food options, like food court type stands.
I've had churros before, but never filled ones. Mr. Churro offers three types - caramel, strawberry, and custard. We got custard filled and my son went crazy for it!
Overall, Olvera Street offers history, good eats, cheap souvenirs, and free performances. Would recommend it for families at least once!
Olvera street is your typical historic area that's been turned into a tourist shopping extravaganza. That said, it's full of cheap souvenirs, churros, music and mexican folk charm. But the real adventure of our trip was taking the Metro from Redondo Beach to Union Station. That was so fun our four and three year olds. Fun and cheap.
The old Pueblo and Olvera St is a wonderful way to spend the day and learn about California history. The best way to do it is to park someplace off one of the metro lines and take the train to Union Station, which is just across the street. A one-way ticket is only $1.25 and young children ride free with a paying adult. Olvera street is full of merchants selling all sorts of fun things. We picked up a little trinket for each of the kids for under $10. The architecture is beautiful. There is a really neat Chinese history museum. Plus you can also see classic LA Art Deco style at Union Station.
This is an authentic L.A. experience that is ideal for the fam
ily. Kids will love the wide variety of brightly colored piñatas—splendid, reasonably priced souvenirs. Don’t ask us how you’ll get one on the plane or in your trunk. This forty-four-acre cluster of shops and landmark buildings is the birthplace of Los Angeles. Every day seems to be Cinco de Mayo at El Pueblo, located at the site of a Spanish farming village founded in 1781. Kids and adults alike may be surprised to learn Los Angeles was actually a Mexican city from 1835 (when Spain ceded it to Mexico) until 1847, when it became American. Nowhere in the city is the proud Spanish heritage kept alive to the extent it is here.
The effect is like making a detour to Mexico without a passport. More than twenty historic buildings line the colorful streets of El Pueblo. One is the Avila Adobe,
built in 1818, today the oldest house still standing in Los Angeles. At the center of El Pueblo is La Placita (the Plaza), where the rich Spanish influence is visible in art and architecture. Kids love the old-fashioned candy shops and the sound of mariachi
music in the Mexican marketplace. Everyone loves the aroma of Mexican food and the unparalleled sombrero-buying opportunities. Not even Disneyland has atmosphere like this.
This is our traditional birthday celebration place, and oh my do I miss it! This is the place to be during Cinco de Mayo. All sorts of events are listed on their website: http://www.calleolvera.com/ The Fiesta de las Flores and the Mardi Gras Children's Workshops are a lot of fun as well.
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